Baseball in 1935

1935 Detroit Tigers Team Photo

The best player in baseball in 1935 was Hank Greenberg. He led the Detroit Tigers to a championship over the surprising, but consistent, Chicago Cubs.

American League

The top two batting averages in 1935 were held by guys you’ve probably never heard of: Buddy Myer and Joe Vosmik. They also led the league in hits.

1933 Goudey Joe Vosmik

Did you know Joe Vosmik was that good?

But Vosmik didn’t stop there. He led the American League in doubles and triples, too.

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Beyond that, Hank Greenberg stole the show. He had the most HRs in the league with 36, he scored 121 runs and he had 170 RBI. The next highest guy, Lou Gehrig, had 119 RBI.

But Detroit didn’t just win with hitting. Tommy Bridges and Schoolboy Rowe led the league in strikeouts and shoutouts. Tigers starter Eldon Auker led the AL in winning percentage.

Oh and you noticed something similar between the championship team from 1930 and 1935 didn’t you? Mickey Cochrane.

National League

While St. Louis had the best hitter and the best pitcher in the National League, they didn’t have the complete team that the Chicago Cubs had in 1930.

1933 Goudey Dizzy Dean

Dizzy Dean was the most feared pitcher in the 1930s

Cardinals’ superstar Joe “Ducky” Medwick had a banner year, batting .353, with 224 hits, 46 doubles, 13 triples, 126 RBI, and 132 runs scored.

On the mound, Cardinals ace Dizzy Dean led the NL in wins (28) and strikeouts (182). Dean also tossed a disgusting 29 complete games (and 324 innings) in 1935.

But it didn’t matter. The Cubs, led by Hall of Fame catcher Gabby Hartnett were too much to handle at the end of the season. With Billy Herman hitting the ball off the Wrigley Field wall every third at-bat and Augie Galan stealing bases and scoring runs, the Cubs finally made their way back to┬árespectability.

1935 MLB Standings

1935
NATIONAL LEAGUE
TEAM
W
L
PCT.
GB
Chicago Cubs
100
54
.649
St. Louis Cardinals
96
58
.623
4
New York Giants
91
62
.595
8.5
Pittsburgh Pirates
86
67
.562
13.5
Brooklyn Dodgers
70
83
.458
29.5
Cincinnati Reds
68
85
.444
31.5
Philadelphia Phillies
64
89
.418
35.5
Boston Braves
38
115
.248
61.5
1935
AMERICAN LEAGUE
TEAM
W
L
PCT.
GB
Detroit Tigers
93
58
.616
New York Yankees
89
60
.597
3
Cleveland Indians
82
71
.536
12
Boston Red Sox
78
75
.510
16
Chicago White Sox
74
78
.487
19.5
Washington Senators
67
86
.438
27
St. Louis Browns
65
87
.428
28.5
Philadelphia Athletics
58
91
.389
34

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Last modified: Apr 07, 2013 | Written by Paul Phipps